The game of basketball is a team sport, and you cannot win titles without the entire team playing with utmost chemistry. While this is true, a championship-caliber team also needs a clear-cut leader on whom other players can rely during tough times.
Over the years in the NBA, we have seen some pretty amazing individual seasons from NBA superstars. But today, we are focusing on four such seasons by four fantastic NBA stars.
It's a debate among the versions of 2000 Shaquille O'Neal, 2013 LeBron James, 2016 Stephen Curry, and 2020 Giannis Antetokounmpo. Taking a look at each player's season in question, these were arguably the best individual seasons for them throughout their careers.
2000 Shaquille O'Neal: 29.7 PPG, 13.6 RPG, 3.8 APG, 3.0 BPG, 0.5 SPG
Achievements: NBA Championship, NBA Finals MVP, NBA MVP, All-Star Game MVP, All-NBA First Team, NBA Scoring Champion, All-NBA Defensive Second Team
2013 LeBron James: 26.8 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 7.3 APG, 0.9 BPG, 1.7 SPG
Achievements: NBA Championship, NBA Finals MVP, NBA MVP, All-NBA First Team, All-Defensive First Team
2016 Stephen Curry: 30.1 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 6.7 APG, 0.2 BPG, 2.1 SPG
Achievements: NBA MVP, All-NBA First Team
2020 Giannis Antetokounmpo: 29.5 PPG, 13.6 RPG, 5.6 APG, 1.0 BPG, 1.0 SPG
Achievements: NBA MVP, NBA Defensive Player Of The Year, All-NBA First Team, All-NBA Defensive First Team
But what if when you compare these seasons with each other? Well, that's what the popular Twitter page 'NBA Central' decided to ask fans in one of its recent tweets.
The question was simple as NBA fans had to choose which of these players they would eliminate when we compare all four seasons. Evidently, fans had some exciting answers and reasons behind their picks. Here's a quick look at some of the best comments by fans to give a general idea of their thoughts on the debate.
Looking at the comments from fans, most believed that it should be either Giannis or Steph who's gotta go. To be honest, it was surprising to see Curry's name here in the first place.
In the 2016 season, Curry dominated the league by using his shooting ability as his best weapon. On the other hand, the other three players mentioned in the post simply used their athletic abilities to achieve success. So it is difficult to compare them with Curry.
Additionally, that version was Curry might be dominant, but he blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals while being on a 73-9 team. That's something that fans will always hold against Steph.
As for Giannis, he was utterly dominant during the season included in the debate, but he also failed to keep that level of performance during the playoffs. At the end of the day, these are probably the biggest reasons why most fans decided to take Curry or Giannis's name.